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Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  29,211 Ratings  ·  2,474 Reviews
Junior high really stinks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers and no one to teach him, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. Wh ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published September 2008 by Scholastic Inc. (first published August 2007)
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Mar 18, 2012 Jacki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure Heather Brewer thought she was pretty damn clever when she named her main vampire character Vladimir (as in "The Impaler"); or when she named another (pretty much non-existent) character Edgar Poe; or when she named the big, scary, dressed-all-in-black, bad guy D'Ablo. And then, of course, she just had to throw in that the street that the vampire family lived on was Lugosi Trail (the only street name, or spacial reference in the whole book).
The plot and build of the story was rather th
Oct 03, 2011 Sita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, paranormal, reviewed, nl
This has got to be the best out of the whole series, I remember buying and reading these at the start of year 8, I loved them then, sped through all the books and bought and read the last one the day it came out. I recently read them and I was a little disappointed. I thought they were amazing in my mind, not so much in real life.

But in saying that, I still found them slightly entertaining, and after re-reading them all. I again concluded that the first one was the best. This is why:
1)8th Grade
Apr 10, 2016 Taneika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
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This is probably more 3.5

This book follows a 13 year old boy, Vladimir Tod, a vampire, through his first year of high school. Vlad is a human-vampire hybrid with a human mother and a vampire father. Vlad deals with the usual dilemmas in highschool like crushing on the pretty girl at school, putting up with bullies and having your aunty hide your blood fix in your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…

Vlad has to deal with a creepy subsi
Apr 10, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vladimir Tod is no ordinary 8th grader. Like most 8th graders, he is trying to negotiate the trials and tribulations of middle school, including a pair of bullies, an unrequited crush, teachers and homework, and oh yeah, the fact that he is a vampire. On top of all this, his English teacher is missing and they get a bizarre new substitute. His mother was human and his father was a vampire but they died in a tragic and mysterious fire when Vlad was 10, therefore he has little guidance to help him ...more
A quick read, but a surprisingly good one, even for an adult. Typical of a kid's book, the plot is a bit simplistic, but it was a good story with believable characters. A lot of background had to be covered & it was well done. This is mostly Vlad figuring out what he is, which fits rather well with his age, too.

One of the more interesting points is the characterization of the various people. They're not as simple as in most books of this type & even the bad guys have redeeming qualities
Bethany Andrews
Aug 31, 2007 Bethany Andrews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a complete sucker for vampire stories and "Eighth Grade Bites" did not disappoint me. The story is about a boy named Vladimir Tod an eighth grader with a deep dark secret -- he's a vampire. After his parents died mysteriously and tragically in a flash fire, Vlad was taken in by his "aunt" Nelly, his mother's best friend. As far as Vlad is concerned, he's the only vampire in the world, aside from his now deceased father.

We follow Vladimir through the mysterious disappearance of his English t
Julie Suzanne
It's unfortunate that this enticing book cover and concept (an 8th grade vampire) were wasted in this way. I didn't think I'd make it through, and only did so out of sheer determination, but the ending turned out to be suspenseful and exciting, causing me to bump my 1 star to a two. The first 120 pages, however, were like having to read an 8th grade student's first draft of a "book".

Not only did the writing fail to engage, but it actually grossed me out. Imagine an 8th grade vampire who eats fr
Jan 26, 2009 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vladimir Tod doesn’t have much to look forward to in school. As a skinny pale boy in eighth grade, he is often subject to taunts and bullying. To make matters worse, the principal probably hates him and his crush probably likes his more popular best friend Henry. But puberty and teen angst aren’t all Vlad has to worry about; in fact, those are the lesser of his problems because Vlad is only half human—the other half is vampire. The disappearance of a well-liked teacher and the appearance of not ...more
Wendy Darling
A fun, fast, and fluffy read with lots of humor. I liked Vlad's voice, but the story was a little simplistic for my taste. Hoping to see more plot development in future novels!
Apr 28, 2009 Alexis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-10 year old boys absolutely desperate to read about vampires
Vladimir Tod is an eighth grade vampire born of a human mother. His parents died when he was ten, so he lives with his Aunt Nelly, a human who knows his secret. His best friend Henry also knows, but Vlad hides his bloodthirsty ways from the general public. It's bad enough that he gets picked on by two jerky guys in his grade and can barely work up the courage to say hi to the girl he's crushing on - just imagine if they also knew he was a vampire!

But when Vlad's favorite teacher goes missing, a
Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads)
A classic tale of coming of age with a supernatural bite that even the guys will secretly love.
Mr. Z
Mar 10, 2009 Mr. Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school boys
Several students recommended this book for me to read. The vampire genre has regained popularity, with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga and now Heather Brewer's The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. Vlad is a middle schooler born to a vampire father and a human mother. He is not your typical vampire from legends, feasting on bags of blood his aunt gets from a hospital instead of killing humans to feed. At school, Vlad has trouble with his principal, teacher and bullies. It seems life couldn't get more ...more
I wanted so desperately to like this book - I work with books for a living and I'm always on the look out for good reads for younger teens, especially ones that appeal to boys. So after hearing so many good things about this series I decided to give this a shot. The premise and characters all sounded so fun and the book started out with a definite bang but sadly that's all it really has going for it.

I wish I could give this book two reviews - one for how I think it should be viewed in the eyes
I have been excited to read this, and figured I'd read the entire series, because I know so many people who just love these books. But . . . um, I'm not one of them.

The basic story is great. Vlad, his best friend Henry, and his Aunt Nelly are wonderful characters. And Vlad has a lot of problems, poor kid! His parents died mysteriously, there might be evil vampires after him, his favorite teacher has disappeared and the sub is acting funny around Vlad, and the girl he's crushing on appears to lik
Alicia O'Carrick
First off, an ode to Heather Brewer: you are awesome. Not only are you from my home state, you also are a role model to all of those that are questioning their sexual identity. I fully support you on your transition, and I can't wait to meet Zac in a couple of months. Go YOU. <3

Now, a short review for a short book: I think that I am a little old for it, but despite that and some other cliches--Lugosi street? Really?--I quite enjoyed myself. I love Vlad, and I like the more casual approach on
Apr 08, 2010 Leaf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I have to say is two things:
One: TCVT is better than Twilight! First, vampires dont flippin' "sparkle" in sunlight, mmkay? They burst into flames and end in a pile of ashes, never to return to the face of the earth ever again! (Lesson learned from D'Ablo in the...Third book. :P)
Two: I wishhhh the characters were REALLLLL~~ Wait, what am I talking about, in my world, I go out and kidnap my favorite characters from books and have them live with me! (so far my house is full of kidnapped presenc
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Lit Fest Magazine

I love me some vampire stories. I own every one of Charlaine Harris's rather mediocre Southern Vampire Mysteries series. In high school, I was in the Lestat crowd. I own most of the Buffy and Angel DVD collections. I even watched Daybreakers. Vampires are serious business in my house, and part of the charm of any new vampire series is how the vampires function in the new world. What is true, and what is laughable myth in this particular portrayal?

So then, there's EIGHTH GRADE BITES the first boo
Jun 13, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fantasy
"If I concentrate, I can make my body float, and sometimes I can read people's thoughts. But for the most part, being a vampire bites."

Adorable. This was such a cute story...OMG. I read some not so kind reviews and I think people's expectations were too high. If you're looking for an earth shattering read...skip this. It's not going to rock your world.'s damn cute. It's exactly what I expected it to be. Vlad is adorable and super sweet...crushing on a girl, hanging with his BFF Henry (R
Mar 08, 2012 Michael.herrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I have read,is about a boy named Vladimir Tod and he is a vampire. His parrents died in a car crash or so they thought. His best Freind is named Henry and he knows Vlad'd secret ever sence he was seven. They both go to the same high school and they are both bullied by bullies, nagged by his teachers, and the girl he likes would rather be his friend. Vlad struggles each day with blood, he lives with his aunt Nelly who also knows his secret. Each day Nelly gives him blood bags which is ea ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod is being raised by "Aunt" Nelly, his mother's best friend. His human mother and vampire father were both killed in a fire, leaving their young vampire son an orphan. Life is not easy for Vlad...the school bullies harass him, the principal seems to have it in for him, and the girl he likes best and wants to ask to the dance seems to prefer his friend, Henry.

Aunt Nelly understands his problems and helps him to hide the fac
Lauren Stoolfire
I really liked the sense of humor in this book and all of the references. It served as a good introduction to Vlad's world, as well, but at points I thought it got a little too predictable concerning Mr. Otis despite all the twists and turns. I was confused as to why the mark was given near the end regardless of the sense of community/family it offers because wasn't that what the father needed to get rid of if he didn't want to be found? Anyway, I look forward to more plot development and cultur ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Isaiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Eighth Grade Bites" by Heather Brewer is about a 8th grader named Vladimir Tod (Vlad) who is a orphan. But being a orphan is not the only thing that sucks, it turns out that he is different from all of his classmates. He is a Vampire. He was a 6 years when his parents were burnt down by a mysterious house fire. His dad was a vampire but, his mom wasn't. In the vampire world known as Elysia, had a law forbidding for any vampire to fall in love with a human ...more
Rachel Lightwood
I was out at the library on Sunday and needed something to take to my Nan's that night. I wanted something short and sweet, light-hearted, something that I could skim through that night and not have to worry too much about. When I saw Eighth Grade Bites sitting on the shelf I thought to myself What the hell, its been on my TBR list for awhile now. My as will give it a go... I didn't expect it to turn out to be such a treat. I loved it!

Eighth Grade Bites was hilarious, delightful and simply fun.
Mar 08, 2010 A&E rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is by my brother, Gregory.

8th Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod) tells the story of...well...8th Grader Vladimir Tod. He has his typical junior high problems; getting picked on by bullies, pining over cute popular girls, making sure he's gotten enough blood to eat for lunch, and turning in that English assignment.

Oh yeah! He's also a vampire. Well, half. His mother was human but his father was a vampire. He doesn't know the extent of his powers, he has a craving for blood a
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As if eighth grade isn’t hard enough when your human, try being a vampire. As is the life story of Vladimir Todd. Vladimir Todd half human half vampire, orphaned nearly three years ago, only two humans now his is secret; his best friend Henry and his guardian, Nelly.

Vlad is disturbed by the disappearance of his teacher Mr. Craig, and something is defiantly a little strange about the new substitute teacher Mr. Otis. Vlad discovers more about he mysterious death of his parents, through his father’
Feb 01, 2010 kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya
This is the first book about Vladimir Tod, an eighth grade student and a vampire. He deals with the daily toil of being different, being picked on by school bullies and crushing on a girl whom he has trouble even speaking to.
Vlad is the only son of a vampire father and human mother and his parents died in a fire three years before the book starts. The plot revolves around Vlad, who survives on bags of blood furnished by his Aunt Nelly, a nurse, finding out more about his heritage, his abilities
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer is such fun. First book in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, we see our hero through eighth grade. And middle school isn't easy on anybody. It's such an awkward year and everyone's unsure of themselves, no one more so that Vlad Tod. He has reason to be, as a he's half-vampire.

Vlad is such a great character, he's a very different vampire than I've read before. Uncomfortable with himself and unsure of where he belongs. No moodiness or angstiness. Instead I could
Primo capitolo della nuovissima saga urban fantasy per giovanissimi (10/14 anni) dedicata all’affiscinante figura del “vampiro”, elemento fantasy ormai decisamente inflazionato e che sembra non aver più nulla da “raccontare” ai lettori. Heather Brewer, invece, riesce a fornirci un romanzo (-etto, visto che conta meno di 200 pagine) in grado di affascinare i giovani lettori grazie alla sua fresca ironia. Qualcosa di divertente e innovativo che potremmo affiancare, quasi, al lavoro di James Patter ...more
May 06, 2010 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
Vladimir Tod isn't your normal thirteen-year-old. Instead, he's a half-vampire. Vlad's parents died when he was ten and he has no idea of the extent of his powers. The only people who know his secret are his aunt Nelly and his best friend Henry - whom he bit when they were eight. When one of his teachers mysteriously vanishes and the new substitute begins questioning him a little too much, Vlad begins to fear for his life.

You'd think after all the hype over Twilight, I'd be sick of vampire books
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Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons and devoured every book in sight.
She hasn’t changed much.

Today, Heather can be found writing in her funky, black Happy Bunny jammie pants, dancing under the full moon, devouring every book in sight, and attending Renaissance Festivals in costume (and in character).

When Heather's not writing, dressing up,
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“Whoever had decided that school should start so early in the morning and last all day long needed to be hunted down and forced to watch hours of educational televison without the aid of caffine.” 391 likes
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